[conspire] Comments on setting up disk partitions.

Jose Medeiros jose.medeiros at gmail.com
Mon Apr 6 08:55:30 PDT 2009

Hi Paul,

I am sure you have your reasons why you want to dual boot, but did you know
that you can download Vmware server free for linux? Create the windows as a
virtual machine and just fire it up when you need to run the application
that you need.

If you still prefer to dual boot, many years ago I would use Caldera and
Redhat and dual boot with Windows. What I did was shrink my NTFS partion
using Partition Magic, which is now a Symantec product, then install Caldera
or Redhat on the available free space. Lilo would aytomaticaly add the NTFS
partion and allow you to select with OS you would like to use.

I personally have nnot tried dual booting with Grub, but I am sure that it
overcomes that 1024 cylinder limitaion that Lilo had requiring that the boot
loader be installed in the first half of the free space as opposed to the
end of the drive.

Hope this helps,

Jose F. Medeiros :-)
Former Install Fest Volunteer at Computer Literacy
San Jose, Cal

On Sat, Apr 4, 2009 at 11:51 AM, Paul Zander <paulz at ieee.org> wrote:

> My basic question is what disk partitions to set up on a new desktop.  This
> is not a server.  I have a particular computer problem instigated by a dead
> mother board, but I am sure other people must have had similar puzzlements
> in the past or will in the future.
> The machine must be dual boot to support personal finance software as
> recently discussed on SVLUG. Besides I could transfer the existing license
> at no charge.
>  As background, I will agree with the concepts in
> http://linuxmafia.com/kb/Admin/   Good to have different types of files in
> different partitions.
>  I also had a bad experience with a windoz PC which was set up by IT at my
> place of work.. The computer developed a problem with the power supply that
> basically caused the machine to shut down while booting up. After I had
> tried several times to turn it on, and IT tried several times to turn it on,
> and tech support tried several times to turn it on, everything in the “My
> documents” folder had been thoroughly trashed. Everything in a separate
> partition was fine.
>  The new machine has three hard drives:
> new 500 GB SATA
> used 200 GB IDE (has partitions from previous Linux install, but its time
> to update the OS)
> used 120 GB IDE (has some partitions with data files, and also what was C:
> which can now be re-purposed.)
> It would be really nifty to have Thunderbird set up to run on both OS's but
> share the same email data files.
> It might be a good idea to have partitions to back up data on other drives.
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